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What are the Causes of Chikungunya?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 30, 2012
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  • Chikungunya is a viral disease which is transmitted by mosquito bite.
  • Chikungunya fever is caused by a virus of the arbovirus group.
  • Mosquitoes become infected while feeding on the blood of infected.
  • Then, it spreads to other individuals they bite.

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Chikungunya is a viral disease which is transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. The debilitating, but non-fatal disease has symptoms that are similar to dengue fever. One may experience severe fever and persistent joint pain, body rash, and headache.

 

chikungunya causes

 

Causes

Chikungunya fever is caused by a virus of the arbovirus group (of the family Togaviridae). The disease is transmitted by bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Aedes aegypti mosquito bites during the day. Mosquitoes become infected while feeding on the blood of an infected person, and spread infection to other individuals they bite. The infection occurs mostly during the monsoon season when mosquitoes are at their greatest numbers.

 

Treatment

As of now, there is no definite treatment for chikungunya. Your doctor will recommend symptomatic treatment which includes rest, drinking plenty of fluids, medications to reduce fever and tepid sponging to reduce fever.

According to a recent study, chloroquine is probably an effective treatment for arthritis-like symptoms that are not relieved by aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). However further studies are required before it can be recommended as a standard treatment for arthritis-like symptoms in chikungunya fever.

According to homeopathic experts there are effective drugs for chikungunya treatment in homeopathy. These drugs can prevent as well as hasten recovery from chikungunya.

 

 

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